Despite being the 65th largest country in the world in terms of landmass, Vietnam is the 13th most populous country. That means that Vietnam teems with people, all of whom contribute to a deeply historical, richly colorful, and surprisingly diverse Vietnamese culture.
Did you know Vietnam is home to 50 native ethnic groups? Although roughly 86 percent of Vietnamese identify with the majority Kinh (or Viet) people, the government of Vietnam officially recognizes 54 ethnic groups, many of which retain their own mother tongues, aesthetics, beliefs, and customs. The Hmong people, for example, live in the northern, mountainous region of Sapa and carry on a culture steeped in animism and shamanism.
One fascinating way to understand this country’s rich cultural tapestry is to visit the hill tribes of Vietnam, or perhaps to even go on a Hmong homestay. You’re sure to get a different perspective and an authentic Vietnam experience.
One unifying characteristic of most, if not all, Vietnamese ethnic groups is veneration of the elderly. In Vietnam, families are very close-knit, and younger family members work hard to support older generations who live in the same household.
Whether you’re walking the busy streets of Hanoi, trekking the misty mountaintops of Sapa, or strolling along the Thu Bon River of Hoi An, you’re bound to see the Vietnamese working hard and taking pride in their labor. This stems from Confucian values, which were brought from China and spread throughout much of Southeast Asia.
No matter where you go, we guarantee that you’ll love getting to know the locals of Vietnam. If you’re ready to start planning a Vietnam holiday, just tell us your ideas. Our travel experts are also Vietnam locals and are happy to help you create a tailormade Vietnam tour to meet some of these enchanting people face to face.